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Holiday cheese ball two ways

With New Year’s Eve ahead to finish off the holiday season, coming up with one more appetizer to share can be something of a hassle. However, these quick cheese balls, made on the spot or a few days ahead, are a perfect party food.

December 29, 2016 | Jana Stocks Brown Deseret News | Hot Topics


7 ways to fail at your resolutions

It’s the week after Christmas — is your pen poised over paper, like mine, itching to write down those New Year’s resolutions? Before you do, let’s make absolute certain those goals are as unachievable as possible. Don’t worry, I’m here to help. I have over 35 years of experience when it comes to unachievable goals. So let’s get started, shall we?

December 29, 2016 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | Hot Topics


The value of a remodeling budget, part 2

In our last column, we discussed the necessity of creating a realistic budget for a remodeling project and that the design and the budget must be properly aligned. We noted that the budget conversation must begin in the first design meeting and continue throughout the process of both design and construction.

December 26, 2016 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Book review: 'Kennedy’s Hugs' shares a message of faith, optimism and love amid trials.

"KENNEDY'S HUGS," by Jason and Heather Hansen, Cedar Fort, $17.99, 352 pages (nf)

December 12, 2016 | Lauren McAfee Deseret News | Hot Topics


3 necessary budget questions to consider before embarking on a home remodeling project

Unless money is no object, having a budget is a critical component to every remodeling project. The time to talk about a project’s budget begins with the first design meeting and should continue in some form throughout the design and construction process.

December 10, 2016 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


5 steps to better meal planning

Meal prep is all the rage, but is there good reason for this rage? Yes, there is. Taking a bit of time at the beginning of the week can set you up to save time, money and your sanity during the busy week. Here are five easy tips to make your meal plan work for you and to simplify the process.

December 08, 2016 | Rebecca Clyde KSL.com | Hot Topics


Trump’s Muslim registry that isn’t

The first thing to know about Donald Trump's alleged proposal for a Muslim registry is that it isn't a Muslim registry. This has been lost in a freak-out that has some brave souls already promising acts of civil disobedience to disrupt and overwhelm the prospective registry.

December 05, 2016 | By Rich Lowry Syndicated Columnist | Hot Topics


Extend holiday gratitude all year round

Reciting a polite “thank you” is one of the first social expectations that parents teach their children. We all know how to answer the question, “What do you say?” when an adult raises an eyebrow and waits for that thankful response. However, the ability to deliver a well-timed and rehearsed “thank you” is not the same as exhibiting genuine gratitude.

December 03, 2016 | Malissa Morrell KSL.com | Hot Topics


Calm and bright: Embracing the Christmas journey

This past week, up to my elbows in a burlap table runner, candles, fancy dishes, twine-wrapped utensils and a positively enormous raw turkey, I turned to my sister and said, “This sure is a lot of work for a meal that will last less than an hour.”

December 01, 2016 | Tiffany Gee Lewis Deseret News | Hot Topics


Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

STARS HOLLOW — If ever there were a fictional town that I wanted to live in, it would be the kooky little town of Stars Hollow. “Gilmore Girls” is, frankly, my desert island show. It is the one I would choose if trapped forever with only one television show to watch on loop.

November 30, 2016 | Amanda Taylor KSL.com | Hot Topics


Cookbook review: 'Scandinavian Gatherings' provides delightful introduction to Nordic culture

"SCANDINAVIAN GATHERINGS: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast — 70 Simple Recipes & Crafts for Everyday Celebrations," by Melissa Bahen, Sasquatch Books, $24.99, 231 pages

November 30, 2016 | Jennifer Ball Deseret News | Hot Topics


'North Pole Ninjas,' 'Gnome in Your Home' encourage charity, kindness

Three years ago, Sarah Linden said she noticed the spirit of the holiday season slipping away in her family. She wanted to do something to focus more on serving others instead of on presents.

November 28, 2016 | Caresa Alexander Randall Deseret News | Hot Topics


Don’t be your own worst enemy when remodeling

So, you have finally had it with your house. It is too small, too disorganized, too dated, too many unused bedrooms, too ______________ (fill in the blank). Our current holiday season may be the final straw as you try to squeeze too many people into a home with not enough room in any of the right spaces.

November 27, 2016 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot Topics


Fill up on these Thanksgiving TV episodes

TV LAND — Turkey day is an easy one for television since it’s non-denominational and pretty universally celebrated in the good old USA.

November 24, 2016 | Amanda Taylor KSL.com | Hot Topics


Disney's 'Moana' sails into bookstores

Straight from the ocean isle of Motunui, Disney’s newest princess, Moana, is sweeping in to fill printed pages with her story.

November 23, 2016 | Melissa DeMoux Deseret News | Hot Topics


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Book review: 'Jed and the Junkyard War' is fast-paced, junk-filled adventure

"JED AND THE JUNKYARD WAR" by Steven Bohls, Disney-Hyperion, $16.99, 298 pages (f) (ages 9-12)

January 21, 2017 | Tara Creel Deseret News | Hot Topics


13 winter tips from Canadians to keep you warm and safe this winter

I grew up where winters got snowy and icy, but things hardly ever dropped to be below negative degrees. That’s certainly not the case ...

January 09, 2017 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Hot Topics


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